CoLab Fall 2020
3 versions, 3 spaces, 3 budgets
3 student directors, 3 sets of student designers and producers, 3 separate casts
1 team of faculty mentors
This fall the Theatre Department will produce three “lab model” versions of Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl. These “lab model” versions will be created by three CoLab companies of student directors, actors, designers, and production staff. While we won’t actually build the physical production, we will be actually rehearsing the play online, and at the end of the semester, the companies will share their work publicly in a form to be determined by each company’s creative process.
CoLab is being offered as THEA 40159 - Spc Topics - Theatre CoLab. Not only actors, but also directors, designers, stage managers, technical directors, and production managers may take the course for credit. Students choosing not to take course credit will receive Apprenticeship credit. Students need not enroll in the official course to participate, but all must obtain faculty permission (see application info, below).
Each CoLab company will design its production for a different size space with a different size hypothetical budget—‘small’ for the Goldberg Studio (HN537), ‘mid-size’ for the Loewe, and ‘large’ for the Kaye Playhouse.
Three student directors will be chosen by the faculty production committee through an application process. The directors will then hold group auditions for actors as well as review applications (in consultation with faculty) to select stage managers, set/prop designers, lighting designers, costume designers, sound designers, and technical directors from the CoLab class.
The work of the three directors and three stage managers will be overseen by Adrienne Williams. The work of the three set/prop designers will be overseen by Louisa Thompson; lighting designers by Ian Calderon; costume designers by Deepsikha Chatterjee; sound designers by sound design faculty (TBD); and tech directors by David Bean. Jen Leno, Omen Sade, and Theo Campbell will assist.
Brad Krumholz will be the overall producer of CoLab, and he will mentor the 3 production managers; in addition, his production class will function as the three production companies’ administrative cores.
If you’d like to get involved, please write a statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, major, level of experience, field(s) of interest and specialization, a short work bio, and of course your reason for wanting to be a part of CoLab. This is a class in collaboration, so students will likely serve multiple roles, in an effort to answer to the needs of the productions as they arise.
Please submit your application to email@example.com by Sunday, July 12th.
Late submissions will not be considered.
Student directors are invited to apply using the questionnaire below. While experience (in class or otherwise) will be taken into account, any student is invited to apply.
**Directors should be prepared to work over the summer, and to make a serious time commitment in the Fall semester.** Each will be leading a large team.
Directors will choose designers from among applicants, and cast from joint auditions.
Directors are asked to apply by answering the following questions:
Name, Hunter status, contact, etc.
Why do you want to direct Eurydice?
(Given that it is very early for this question) What story do you want to share with your audience as director of Eurydice, and how do you envision your approach?
What has prepared you to direct this Eurydice?
Directors should be available for follow-up interviews during the week following the application deadline.
A digital copy of the play is available here:
If you’d like to get involved, please write a statement of interest to . Please include:
Level of experience
Field(s) of interest and specialization
A short work bio
Your reason for wanting to be a part of CoLab.
This is a class in collaboration, so students will likely serve multiple roles, in an effort to answer to the needs of the productions as they arise.